The Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce stands as a powerful voice on behalf of businesses, helping to drive business-friendly policy changes and collaborating with all levels of government.
The importance of advocacy.
We advocate at every level of government.
Because the Chamber is funded exclusively by our business community, The Chamber can advocate freely at every level of government – local, state, and federal. We testify and lobby on a wide range of policies that impact businesses in Albuquerque and New Mexico. On sector-specific issues and matters of general interest to the business community, the Chamber is a prominent and effective voice.
What does advocacy look like?
The Chamber deploys a variety of tactics and strategies to bring the business community’s perspective to the public debate.
We attend and represent business in legislative hearings and in front of local bodies, like the City Council
We host and are appointed to task forces on various issues and have negotiated legislation on everything from infrastructure spending to the ethics commission and PRC reform
Prominent leaders from New Mexico and around the country provide important perspectives at Chamber-hosted events
We jump in the fray on Twitter and Facebook to advocate for particular policies
We keep businesses informed of government actions and urge their communication with elected leaders during important policy debates.
Occasionally, we run campaigns to win voter approval – or disapproval, in some cases – of certain policy issues on the ballot
We express the Chamber’s formal positions in letters to leaders on everything from criminal justice reforms to charter school applications
We invite elected leaders, government officials, and policy experts to address the Board and hear our perspective on important matters; the Board also adopts strategic plans for our BIG committees and endorses specific policy positions
We communicate through the media, alongside our various partners, on important issues in the community, offering the well thought-out perspective of business leaders
We lead delegations of local officials to other parts of the country to explore how cities and states have addressed similar challenges to the ones we face
We routinely meet with federal agencies and our elected leaders in Washington, D.C.